Crepe paper poppies

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With remembrance day approaching and it being 100 years since the outbreak of war I seem to have poppies on the brain. These crepe paper poppies were fun to make but did take a little time (I made around 50.) I took inspiration from this tutorial but cowboyed it a little!

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First gather your supplies

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From top left in a spiral:
– scissors (duh!?)
– strip of green crepe paper any thickness it just must be cut across the grain (makes more sense when you are holding the stuff) but it basically makes it stretchy and easy to manipulate
– random coloured crepe paper square (let’s call it the length of my pinky squared!)
– length of wire doubled over and twisted together
– black paint
– masking tape (mine is standard thickness so for this project I cut it in half lengthwise to get skinny tape)
– petal (I freehand all mine because I like the wonky look but you can use a template if you prefer just make sure you cut with the grain going up-down the petal. This means you can sculpt some shape into it and make it look more like a realistic poppy!)
– Green crepe paper leaf, again let’s work with that grain people!
– Square of scrap paper (again the pinky size reference works well!)

Now you have your supplies it’s time to get poppying!

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1. / 2. To make the stamen, roll the paper square into a ball and twist the wire. Hold the paper ball into of the wire (covering the two raw ends) and cover with the crepe paper square. Pull everything tight and use the masking tape to secure. Paint the stamen black and leave to dry.
3. Attach petals (between 3 and 7)  adjusting until they look right then tape into place. Decide where you like your leaf and attach that using a small piece of tape too. Right at this point nothing looks too pretty underneath but do not fear!
4. Add a spot of glue to the green strip and secure right to the top of the poppy, let it dry a moment then wrap all around the stem and secure at the bottom with another spot is glue.

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Tada! I strung some in my front window and the rest are for a work project I hope goes to plan!

Fizz xxx

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Christmas Photo Corners

So hows your christmas prep coming along? 

I am not ashamed to admit that I threw my self imposed schedule out long ago and am ‘winging it’! Life, laughter and fun things get in the way and frankly thats what I think the month of December should be all about. However decorations are currently zooming up (with the aid of my Cinderella style woodland helpers) and I thought it was the oerfect time for this little, easy, cheap and quick DIY. 
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I love to decorate every inch of the house I can get my mitts on and this includes the bathrooms. Almost everyone who ever comes round will be using the bathroom at some time or other and so it seems sad to leave this vital room out of the festive fun. 

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First cut holly leaves and berries out of standard cardboard box card then paint them the appropriate colours using acrylic paint.

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Once they are dry they can be stuck together, to make sure mine were extra secure I used E800 glue.

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Once the pretty bit is dry they need to be flipped over and a smaller piece of card added over the top of the elastic band to hold it down but still let it slip freely.

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Once that is dry I went to town with the glitter and PVA!

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And all done! Super simple and I am so pleased with the way they pop in our monochrome bathroom! 

Christmas is coming!